Sinn Fein’s Caroline Dwane-Stanley has retained her seat in the Portlaoise Municipal District.
She polled 1,210 First Preference votes and transfers from Willie Aird, John Joe Fennelly and the eliminated Judith Preston Grace left her just 26 votes short of the quota of 1,278.
Caroline’s running mate John Gormley was then eliminated and his votes got her over the line on 1,334.
Yesterday, Willie Aird managed an astounding feat by topping the poll in the Portlaoise Municipal Area for the fourth election in a row.
The Fine Gael councillor has served as a local councillor since 1979 when he was elected at the age of 18 to Portlaoise Town Commission.
Abbeyleix native, Fianna Fail’s John Joe Fennelly, was also elected on the first count.
The quota for the first count was 1,278. Willie Aird received 1,573 while John Joe Fennelly received 1,456.
The total number of votes was 10,317. There was 151 invalid votes, leaving 10,219 valid votes.
Her surplus of 56 votes will now be distributed.
Speaking to LaoisToday, Caroline said: “I am very pleased. I’m delighted with the vote considering the national trend.
“I held my own and so did Aidan Mullins as well. It just wasn’t to be in terms of increasing our representation in the county this time.
“But I’m really pleased. Our key base held very very strong for me in Knockmay, O’Moore Place and those places.”
This is the state of play here now:
- Willie Aird 1573 ELECTED on 1st Count
- John Joe Fennelly 1456 ELECTED on 1st Count
- Caroline Dwane-Stanley (+82) 1334 ELECTED on 5th Count
- Mary Sweeney (+11) 1189
- Catherine Fizgerald (+4) 1177
- Noel Tuohy (+10) 1116
- Thomasina Connell (+6) 525
- Naeem Iqbal (+0) 468
- Dom Dunne (+4) 415
- Timothy Adejumo (+0) 374
- Donal Kelly (+0) 359
- Pauline Madigan (+0) 355
- Tom Duffy (+3) 167
- Noel O’Rourke (+2) 150
Caroline Dwane-Stanley’s surplus of 56 votes will now be distributed